I finally sat down and began to tackle the overwhelming number of photos from our last 4 months in Germany. We moved back to the USA 15 months ago and I just kept putting the task off.
I remember being a little hesitant to travel to Budapest, mostly because we were going to take the train and 8 hours on a train with little girls sounded painful. And it was. Thankfully, you can reserve a cluster of seats with a table so we were able to eat and keep the girls fairly entertained.
Our first morning there we visited Central Market Hall, Budapest’s largest market. It is always so much fun to visit markets as you really get a great feel of things the locals eat and drink but sometimes too much kitsch as there is usually a large selection of trinkets for travelers to purchase. Every time I walked past these adorable smiling veggies I couldn’t help but giggle. It was my favorite part of the market.
We then headed to the Danube River and took a boat cruise to Margaret Island. The company we used allowed us to get off on the island and explore a bit on our own. We rented this a fun bicycle where the girls sat upfront and James and I peddled. It was the fastest and most fun way to explore the island.
We explored some 14th century Franciscan church ruins and enjoyed the beautiful spring day. There were plenty of paths to peddle on and with two people peddling we quickly toured the island.
We jumped back on the boat and was rewarded with beautiful views of the Hungarian Parliament building.
We still had plenty of daylight time so we walked up to get a view of Budapest from above. One thing I love about traveling is when you come across people from the USA that are from the same general area as you are. I met a gentleman who was familiar with Western NY and had a brief conversation with him about it and what brought him to Budapest.
We ended our day with dinner at a delicious Greek restaurant. The restaurant was right on the river, the staff were polite and the food was ah.maze.ing. I know, I know someone is wondering why we didn’t eat Hungarian food and I promise we did.
I was only going to write one post about Budapest but since this is photo heavy I’ll add the second part later this week.